How can I improve my understanding of Spanish

Rob-F15 January 27, 2017, 9:40 pm
I have been learning Spanish for about 3 months and  about to complete Level 1.  My vocabulary is good and I am confident in understanding written Spanish but I really struggle in understanding spoken Spanish..I am improving week by week but should I focus on flash cards, listen to videos over and over again. Any suggestions from anyone?

 
How can I improve my understanding of Spanish
Dan-H24 January 28, 2017, 3:36 am
Rob, I think that understanding spoken Spanish is the most difficult of the four domains.  I think it is because listening is the only one in which you cannot control the speed. You are at the mercy of the speaker.

I listen to CNN en Español in my vehicle while I am driving. Unless the speech is very measured, I miss a lot of words, but I am trying to catch what I can and at least understand the meaning of the story.

I also do language exchanges with native Spanish speakers, where I can ask them to repeat or explain the meaning of words I miss. I also attend a weekly Spanish conversation group where I have the same option.

I listen to videos on Yabla, and podcasts from another source, and I am trying to get the meaning of each word or phrase...Read More
Rob, I think that understanding spoken Spanish is the most difficult of the four domains.  I think it is because listening is the only one in which you cannot control the speed. You are at the mercy of the speaker.

I listen to CNN en Español in my vehicle while I am driving. Unless the speech is very measured, I miss a lot of words, but I am trying to catch what I can and at least understand the meaning of the story.

I also do language exchanges with native Spanish speakers, where I can ask them to repeat or explain the meaning of words I miss. I also attend a weekly Spanish conversation group where I have the same option.

I listen to videos on Yabla, and podcasts from another source, and I am trying to get the meaning of each word or phrase. So I listen to them over and over, backing up when I miss something. 

I hope this helps.
Dan

 
How can I improve my understanding of Spanish
Steven-W15 January 28, 2017, 9:31 am
Good advice from Dan. Hang in there, Rob- 3 months is nothing. The conversational skills will come.
 
How can I improve my understanding of Spanish
Rob-F15 January 28, 2017, 2:27 pm
Dan

Many thanks for your advice.......Going forwards, I'll focus on watching and listening to videos coupled with listening to the radio as the more I listen to Spanish conversation,  the more I should retain and eventually  understand.

Rob
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Dan-H24 January 28, 2017, 3:20 pm
Rob: No te preocupes. I think it is hard to measure objectively, but the more you listen "passively" (radio, not completely understanding every word) I think listening gradually becomes more effective. Just not long ago it started to occur to me that I was getting more of the gist of conversations than I had before.
How can I improve my understanding of Spanish
KelllaurBailar January 30, 2017, 2:50 pm
I would agree that listening to the radio and computer dialogues in native-speaker time is the right way to further your ability to understand spoken Spanish. Don't be afraid to think outside the box--you can even swap your regular workout playlist for a Spanish one. Lots of great Spanish music meant for dancing that is understandable out there if you find the pop ones too quick! 
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Steven-W15 January 30, 2017, 3:14 pm
Good points. Music is how I passively listen to Spanish. I generally print out the words to get better oriented. I put out a couple of song lists on the forum awhile back. The following is a few of the easier ones that come to mind: 
- Eres Tu
- La Bamba
- Guantenamera
- Noches de blanco saten
 
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Dan-H24 January 30, 2017, 6:44 pm
Ai, Guantanamera...me encanta esa canción. Es la versión Cubano de una canción de Jimmy Buffett:

"Some people say that there's a woman to blame, but I know its my own damn fault."
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KelllaurBailar January 30, 2017, 7:13 pm
-"Te Voy A Olvidar" by Henry Mendez (who by the way has some very catchy music)
-"Abrazame" by Alejandro Fernandez, more of a gushy song, but easy to understand. 
Also try some of Selena's less-dated songs, and if you look up Salsa music you will find plenty that works!
How can I improve my understanding of Spanish
yademas May 9, 2017, 7:01 pm
This is a good little series you can find on YouTube, simple conversations with subtitles.  I think there are 13 episodes or so.  It's kind of a silly "Saved by the Bell" type of show, but it's good for listening skills.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86OaYqmjTrs&list=PLRps6yTcWQbrPgh0nNqNwin8UULKxlRcE
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Dan-H24 May 12, 2017, 9:06 pm
yadamas: Gracias por esta recomendación. Vi el primer episodio hoy. Tienes razón, es un poco estupido, pero es chistoso también. Me gusta que el narrativo es bastante lento. Es fácil entender para un gringo como yo.
Saludos,
Dan
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yademas May 21, 2017, 1:35 am
La música me ayuda mucho.  Aquí hay una canción peruana que aprendí hace muchos años.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7NvHixMxbk

Llora cholo llora, llora y sufre.. 

Amigo por que tomas tanto por que acabas tu vida por esa 
mujer, amigo deja de beber escucha mis palabras y asi la olvidaras, 
esa mujer nunca te amo esa mujer siempre te engaño 
y se burlaba de ti cuantas veces queria 
y te besaba finjiendote querer 
y se burlaba de ti cuantas veces queria 
y te besaba finjiendote querer. 
Olvidala amigo no debes recordarla 
mejor seria olvidarla y asi sera mejor, 
olvidala amigo no debes recordarla 
mejor seria olvidarla y asi sera mejor...Read More
La música me ayuda mucho.  Aquí hay una canción peruana que aprendí hace muchos años.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7NvHixMxbk

Llora cholo llora, llora y sufre.. 

Amigo por que tomas tanto por que acabas tu vida por esa 
mujer, amigo deja de beber escucha mis palabras y asi la olvidaras, 
esa mujer nunca te amo esa mujer siempre te engaño 
y se burlaba de ti cuantas veces queria 
y te besaba finjiendote querer 
y se burlaba de ti cuantas veces queria 
y te besaba finjiendote querer. 
Olvidala amigo no debes recordarla 
mejor seria olvidarla y asi sera mejor, 
olvidala amigo no debes recordarla 
mejor seria olvidarla y asi sera mejor. 

¡Amigo por que tomas tanto porque acabas tu vida 
amigo deja de beber y escuchas mis palabras y asi la 
olvidaras, para que sufras!! 
How can I improve my understanding of Spanish
Dan-H24 May 24, 2017, 11:46 am
He estado viendo un episodio de "La Llegada de Sam" cada día. Sí, es un poco tonto, pero lo me gusta mucho. Ayer reconocí que es la versión español de "Three's Company": una rubia hermosa, una morena linda, y una hombre bobo comparten un apartamento, y tienen una dueña malo.
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Phédre nó Delaunay de Montréve May 25, 2017, 2:49 am
yademas -- I checked out that youtube video you posted: That's some good stuff! Thanks for the suggestion. It will be fun to watch. 
How can I improve my understanding of Spanish
yademas June 16, 2017, 12:40 am
Here is another great, short video that also ties in with the culture section of Lección 12.8 (Books on a Donkey).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=57&v=wuTswmx9TQU
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jolietil June 17, 2017, 2:32 pm
Here are some great videos on Spanish grammar :
http://www.senorjordan.com/los-videos/
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